Affirming human bonds in a time of crisis - A central action of euripides' heracles?
Amongst the most troublesome of classical tragedies is the Heracles by Euripides. Interpreters are puzzled by its form, its structure, its jarring transition, and its ending. However, not only are its innovative meta-theatrical devices instructive of Euripides' experimentation with the tragic genre; recently, Katherine Riley (2008) has revisited its performance history, and her comment that it resurfaces at pivotal moments of historical importance may engender a proposal that it contains a message that is significant for our time, if not, indeed, for all time. 2011 04 15. © JLS/TLW.